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Doctoral training at the University of Göttingen

The educational curriculum for doctoral degree candidates at Göttingen University is aggregated into four graduate schools. Their objective is to optimise research and learning conditions for doctoral candidates, whilst fostering the development of a new generation of top-notch researchers, scientists and scholars with a comprehensive offering of mentoring and advisory services alongside intensive seminars and courses. The graduate schools represent the umbrella covering the doctoral degree programmes and Research Training Groups of the faculties assigned to them.



Academic excellence: Göttingen Graduate School for Neurosciences, Biophysics, and Molecular Biosciences (GGNB)
The GGNB is nested in the GAUSS for Natural Sciences. This prestigious school is run jointly by the University, three Max Planck Institutes and the German Primate Centre (DPZ) and encompasses 14 doctoral degree programmes. In 2012, the GGNB was successful in the second round of the Excellence Initiative of the German Federal and State Governments.



International Max Planck Research Schools (IMPRS) in Göttingen
The IMPRS are exemplary testimony to the flourishing cooperation between the University and the Max Planck Institutes on site. These programmes give gifted and talented young scientists, scholars and researchers the opportunity to earn their PhDs under outstanding research conditions within an international network of PhD students.



Max Planck School
The doctoral program at the Max Planck School Matter to Life will offer highly talented and motivated students a superior training in the fundamentals, methods and approaches in the rapidly developing field of Matter to Life. "What, exactly, is life?", and "Can life-like processes, functions and objects be quantitatively simulated, predicted and created in the laboratory?" are the overarching questions addressed in the curriculum and research training.